Spreading Whedon’s Wisdom

Here at DVD Commentary, we’re eager to get the new year off to a good start. As I’ve mentioned before, commentary tracks often amount to little more than filmmakers patting themselves on the back or jerking each other off. In either case, it can make for a boring—or uncomfortable—listening experience.

So imagine how happy I was to hear Joss Whedon say the following on a commentary track for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series:

“If you’re looking for the wacky tales of the crazy behaviour of my funky stars, you probably won’t hear any. The show is incredibly hard to make, everybody works really hard, and there isn’t a lot of time for the wacky anecdotes. Everybody on the cast is extremely professional except for [Anthony Stewart] Head, who is frequently without pants” (00:01:00, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 2, Episode 14, ‘Innocence’).

I literally shouted with joy. Luckily, my girlfriend no longer gets freaked out by my loud declarations of geekdom.

After listening to two episode commentaries delivered solely by Whedon, I can say he certainly lives up to his promise. Between his commentaries, the Buffy and Angel series in general, The Avengers, and his work as a sort of Marvel consiglieri (I can’t help wishing he was doing the same job in the Star Wars universe…), I’ve decided to listen to as many of his commentaries as I can this year. In fact, I’m creating a brand new category here on DVD Commentary that will specifically focus on his commentaries, Whedon’s Wisdom.

So pay attention; this guy has something to say, and we’d all be wise to listen.

What do you think? Are you interested in what Joss Whedon has to say, or do you think he’s overrated? Are you interested in his thoughts on any show/episode/film in particular? Can you recommend any other commentators who promise consistently insightful commentaries? Leave some comments below and let us know!

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